Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 97 – Dimension X: Untitled Story

George PetrieThis week a detective story that comes from within the genre of science fiction! Based upon a story by science fiction author Frank M. Robinson, this radio version from Dimension X is very much a hardboiled detective story, but with science-based concepts. Starring George Petrie (right) who could have played a very good Johnny Dollar. A hardboiled detective story but with time travel implications!

The story was written while Robinson was in the Navy aboard a ship in Korea. He sent the story into Astounding Science Fiction magazine expecting the editor, John W. Campbell to give it a title since he had none. Instead, Campbell published it as “Untitled Story” in September 1950.

George Lefferts’ adaptation gives the play the feel of the hard-boiled detective story. Don Hayssen, the detective, played by Petrie, who might have made a good Johnny Dollar, plays the role in a straight-hard-boiled tough guy way.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 96 – The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall

Walter Hampden Something a bit different in radio detectives. The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall was a WOR Mutual amateur radio detective in 1944. He is the headmaster of a New England school and an expert on William Shakespeare. These episodes were a bit lighter in tone than many of the detectives but probably in keeping with other detectives at this period on radio. Star of the series was distinguished stage actor, Walter Hampden (right).

The series was based upon the writings of mystery author Phoebe Atwood Taylor, a New England mystery writer who had a penchant for using strange character names in her books. The Witherall tales were writer under the pen name of Alice Tilton. Leonidas Witherall was a headmaster of Meredith Academy who lived alone in his Boston suburb along with his housekeeper and confidant, Mrs. Mullet.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 95 – Adventures by Morse II

Carlton E. MorseThis week parts 2 & 3 of our look at a somewhat different group of detectives. Adventures by Morse is about Captain Bart Friday and Skip Turner, two detectives who are born more out of the pulp traditions than the hardboiled school. Carlton E. Morse (right) created these series of adventure-mysteries. You’ll hear part two & three of three this week.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 94 – Adventures by Morse

Carlton E. MorseThis week begins a two part look at a somewhat different group of detectives. Adventures by Morse is about Captain Bart Friday and Skip Turner, two detectives who are born more out of the pulp traditions than the hardboiled school. Carlton E. Morse (right) created these series of adventure-mysteries. You’ll hear part one of three this week and the final two parts next week.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 93 – Sam Spade

Dashiel HammettA revisit to the hardboiled world of Dashiell Hammett (right) with a special broadcast of the Adventures of Sam Spade with Howard Duff in an hour long episode from the radio series Suspense. We’ll look at the seamy world of Hammett, hear from producer William Spier and Howard Duff.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 92 – Charlie Chan

Earl Derr BiggersCharlie Chan was one of radio, film and televisions best known detectives. Earl Derr Biggers (right) fictional Honolulu detective has remained popular for many years. This week a look at all of the Chan versions on radio, plus two episodes from two of the series.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 91 – Nero Wolfe V

Harry BartellThe final look at Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin as he appeared on radio. This week a look at the final Archie – Harry Bartell (right). Also a little discussion on the detective character as perceived by Stout and a brief clip of a Canadian run of the series.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 90 – Nero Wolfe IV

Continuing with our look at the Archie Goodwin’s from the radio Nero Wolfe series, this week, my favorite Archie actor – Gerald Mohr (right), formerly of the Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio show. Mohr had all the elements of a good Archie Goodwin as I think Rex Stout envisioned him.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 89 – Nero Wolfe III

Larry DobkinThe third of a four part look at the Archie Goodwin character and the actors who portrayed him on radio. We’re now into the third series run of this radio detective – The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe. This run starred Sidney Greenstreet as the corpulent Wolfe. But the one year run of this series had no less than six actors portraying the detective’s important sidekick – Archie Goodwin!

This week, you’ll hear four of the six through clips with the fourth appearing in a complete episode – Larry Dobkin (right) was one of the longer Archie Goodwin’s during this run.


Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 88 – Nero Wolfe II

Elliott LewisPart II of our continuing look at Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin portrayals on the Nero Wolfe radio series. This week, Elliott Lewis (right) steps into the role of Goodwin with Francis X. Bushman as Wolfe. Lewis was one of radio’s most versatile persons. He was an actor, both comedic as well as serious, producer, director and writer. This week’s episode is from The Amazing Nero Wolfe!


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